Copa America 2021: Chile vs. Bolivia
Friday, June 18, 2021
The game begins at 22:00 GMT/23:00 CET.
Arena Pantanal (Cuiabá) is the location.
Chile drew Argentina 1-1 in the first game of Copa America 2021 and will look to go one step further against Bolivia on Thursday night.
Meeting Messi and co. for the second time in 10 days, the previous a 1-1 draw in Argentina in a World Cup qualifier, things started off similarly in Rio de Janeiro.
In the first half, Lionel Messi scored again, but this time from a precise free kick. With Alexis Sanchez out, Eduardo Vargas scored the equalizer after Arturo Vidal’s penalty spot attempt bounced off the right post.
There will be few arguments that the Argentines had the best chances in the game, bringing Claudio Bravo into play on multiple occasions. Chile, on the other hand, once again demonstrated their mettle by stealing a point from one of the tournament favorites.
Bolivia got off to a good start against Paraguay, earning and scoring a penalty in the 10th minute. From there, the game devolved into a series of rash fouls and missed chances by Paraguay, resulting in Bolivia being reduced to ten men at halftime. In the second half, it was all one way traffic, with Paraguay scoring three times to complete a comeback victory.
Overall, the Bolivians delivered a poor performance, with only one shot on goal and 22 percent ball possession.
Bolivia vs. Chile Head-to-head
Bolivia held Chile to a 1-1 draw in their most recent meeting, which also happened to be their final match before the Copa America on June 9th.
Chile has won 10 of the last 13 head-to-head meetings with Bolivia, drawing one and losing one.
Chile has won their last two Copa America head-to-head meetings, 2-1 in 2016 and 5-0 in 2015.
Analysis of Forms
Chile has only won two of their last eight matches in all competitions, one of which was a friendly victory over Bolivia at home.
At the same time, they are difficult to beat, with only two defeats during the period, both away from home. Since the end of the Covid-19 break, the La Roja has scored in every match.
Bolivia surprised Venezuela with a 3-1 victory in early June, but this remains their only win in nine games. Despite scoring in all but one game, they suffered six defeats and conceded 21 goals during the period.
Bolivia vs. Chile Prediction
The Chilean team had a rough patch near the end of the Copa America, but the recent draw against Argentina has given them some hope.
On Friday, they will face a Bolivian team that has a poor record in the competition. We expect them to sit back and defend, giving Chile plenty of ball possession, based on how they performed against a moderate Paraguay on matchday 1.
Alexis Sanchez’s fitness and availability for this game are unknown. We do not expect this to have an impact on the full-time result, which can only go in one direction: a convincing win for the team in Red.